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Guillermo Rico, Danli, Honduras

Gran Habano shorty pyramid

A friend handed me this cigar at a herf in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Gran Habano has never been good for me, but with age we’re all getting milder, so am I, so I decided to give this shorty pyramid a try. It is a nub like torpedo, 4 inch long and a 58 ring gauge.
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Like I already said, it looks like a nub and is probably created to get in the slipstream of the whole nub hype. The oily wrapper is quite dark and has a few veins. Once I removed the cellophane wrapper I smelled a strong barnyard flavor. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I can taste peppery raisin.
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The first flavors I discover are a peppery coffee flavor with some herbs. These flavors change slowly into dry wood, and dry wood only. Even later the cigar gets herbal and harsh.
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The bitter harshness gets a little less strong and at ⅔ I get a toast flavor to go with the dominant herbs.
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Even though this is a short stick, it still took me 90 minutes to finish it. I got enough smoke with a good draw and burn. The ash is dark and firm. The cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no. Another let down by Gran Habano/G.A.R.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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G.A.R. grande rico

Kelmac bombed me a few months ago, and one of the cigars that I wanted to try is the G.A.R. Grande rico, a nice belicoso made by George A Rico, hence the name G.A.R. The cigar is wrapped in cellophane and is slightly box pressed. The size of this belicoso is 6 x 52 with a nice blunt top.
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The wrapper is nice, some small veins and the construction feels good. The predraw is just fine and gives me a sweet flavor with a pepper in the back of the throat. The aroma reminds me of hay and a barnyard.
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The first flavor I get is a mild milky chocolate and some coffee. The flavors are mild and hard to describe. The coffee turns into wood and the milky chocolate gains some power. The flavors are bland and not very interesting. Once I passed the mid of the cigar I get some pepper with the milky chocolate. The cigar becomes bitter and leaves a burning sensation at the 2/3rd point. I purged the cigar and it got much better. After purging I got wood and pepper.
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The ash is nice and white and the draw is fine. I get enough smoke and don’t have complaints about the burn. This is a medium bodied mild flavored cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this is a mediocre cigar. George A Rico used to be the blender for Gran Habanos and I never had a Gran Habanos I liked either.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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